Arkwright power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Arkwright power station is a retired 181-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in the state of Georgia, United States.[1] The plant consisted of four coal-fired units and two additional 15-mw natural gas combustion turbine (CT) units (excluded in the MW total above).[2]


The map below shows the location of the power station in the state of Georgia, United States.

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Georgia Power, owner of the Arkwright power station (also known as Plant Arkwright), retired the entire facility in 2002, with demolition of the plant finishing in 2003.[3] Georgia Power retired 11 units in total that year, including units at Plant Atkinson and Plant Mitchell plant, for economic reasons.[2][4] The company D.H. Griffin was contracted to demolish and conduct asbestos removal for the 368,000 square-foot plant, while recycling 8,000 tons of steel from the facility.[5]

A study conducted in 2016 found that the coal ash ponds left behind after Plant Arkwright's retirement were still leaking CCR effluents, 13 years after the end of its operation.[6] (See here for annual emissions data from Plant Arkwright during operation). In the past few years, Georgia Power has been buying large sections of land around their power plants (both operational and retired), including 32 acres near the Plant Arkwright site. According to journalist Max Blau, buying nearby land "may allow the utility [company] to forestall millions of dollars in cleanup costs outlined by the December 2014 regulations."[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Georgia Power Co
  • Parent company: Southern Company
  • Location: Macon, Bibbs County, Georgia, United States
  • Coordinates: 32.9250, -83.7100 (exact)
  • Coal type: Unknown
  • Coal source:
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 181 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 46 MW (start-up in 1941)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired subcritical, 46 MW (start-up in 1942)
    • Unit 3: Coal-fired subcritical, 40 MW (start-up in 1943)
    • Unit 4: Coal-fired subcritical, 49 MW (start-up in 1948)

Articles and Resources


  1. "Georgia Power files plan for future needs". Power Engineering. June 7, 2002. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Georgia Power's Plant Arkwright site still unused 11 years later". On the LAKE front. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  3. "Georgia Power - Arkwright". BREDL. 2003. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  4. "History of Georgia Power" (PDF). Georgia Power. 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  5. "Plant Arkwright Demolition - D.H. Griffin Projects". D. H. Griffin. 2003. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  6. Mathis, Claire (May 10, 2019). "Investigating the Relationship Between Water Flow Path and Contaminant Risk from Georgia Coal Ash Ponds in the Piedmont". Georgia State University - Department of Geosciences. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  7. Blau, Max (November 24, 2020). "Georgia Power's Quiet Land Buying Spree Could Shield It From Coal Ash Clean Up Costs". Georgia Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 2021-05-13.